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India health statistics, facts and figures

Following are various stats, facts and figures on health in India , picked out of newspapers (mainly Hindustan Times), magazines (mainly India Today), the BBC and various sources on the web. These figures are not meant to be comprehensive lists, but rather statistical trivia or factual snippets. For basic general facts and figures about India as well as several Indian states, please see the Quick Reference popups on the right hand side of this page, or go to the main page of India statistics, facts and figures . For a full list of links to our statistics pages, see the About India index or the bottom of the right navigation bar on this page.

The stats on this page are divided into following sections:
   Data on HIV / Aids in Indiay
   Stats on various diseases (TB, polio, encephalitis, diabetes)
   Miscellaneous health and environmental stats

Lines marked with an asterisk (*) are recently added entries.

 data on HIV / Aids in India
 - * people with HIV / AIDS in India: 2002: 4.58 million -- 2003: 5.1 million [BBC; Nov 2005]
 - * new HIV infections in 2003: 520,000 [BBC; Nov 2005]
 - * new HIV infections in 2004 according to Health Minister: 28,000 (figure disputed
   by UN Aids Chief) [BBC; Nov 2005]
 - number of AIDS patients in India: 68,809 [Jun 2004]
 - HIV cases in Manipur acc to UN estimate: 8 % of India's total HIV cases (Manipur
   accounts for 0.23 % of India's total population) [BBC Oct 04]
 - estimated number of HIV infected people in Manipur: 17,000 (estimate is by officials,
   NGOs claim the number to be much higher) [BBC Oct 04]
 - first AIDS patient in India: identified in 1986
 - first AIDS patient in Himachal Pradesh: identified in 1992 in Seongta village in
   Hamirpur district
 - number of identified AIDS cases in Himachal till March 2004: 186
 - number of identified HIV cases in Himachal till March 2004: 817
 - estimated number of AIDS cases in Himachal Pradesh: possibly over 4,000 (estimate
   by authorities, Mar 2004)
 - HIV/AIDS cases reported from 1987 - Dec 2003 in various districts of HP:
   Hamirpur district: 184 HIV & 46 AIDS -- Kangra district: 158 HIV & 37 AIDS
   -- Kullu district: 11 HIV & 3 AIDS --Kinnaur district: 8 HIV & 1 AIDS
   -- Lahaul-Spiti district: 0 HIV & 0 AIDS
 stats on various diseases (TB, polio, encephalitis, diabetes)
 - number of polio cases in India: 2002: 1,600 -- 2003: 225
 - DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus) immunisation coverage: 55 %
 - people who suffer from TB in India: 4.5 million
 - annual number of TB deaths in India: 450,000
 - * number of deaths caused by Japanese encephalitis since 1974 in UP and Bihar:
   8,000 [BBC; Sep 2005]
 - * number of child deaths due to encephalitis outbreak in UP summer 2005: 700
   according to official figures -- up to 1,500 according to Aid Agencies [BBC; Sep 2005]
 - * number of children immunised against encephalitis in UP 2005: 200,000 out of
   7 million [BBC; Sep 2005]
 - numbers of cases of diabetes in India 2002: 31.7 million
 - estimated number of diabetes cases in India for 2030: 79.4 million (estimate by
   American Diabetes Association, apr 2004)
 - people living in Indian metros suffering from diabetes: 12 % [ITo]
 miscellaneous health and environmental stats
 - number of doctors per 100,000 persons: 48
 - * number of children in India who die before the age of 5: 63 out of 1000 according
   to UN report [BBC; Sep 2005]
 - children under 3 years of age in Orissa severely malnourished: 21 % (feb 04, acc to
   National Family Health Survey); or 3.8 % (acc. to data collected by the state)
 - tribal children below the age of six who have died of malnourishment-related causes
   in 15 districts of Maharashtra:
9,000 (between apr 2003 and may 2004)
 - daily-wage earners in Madhya Pradesh who consume tobacco: 70 % [HT Jun 04]
 - money spent on tobacco in Mumbai: street kids: 43 % of their income
   -- people earning less than 2,000 Rs per month: 29.63 % of their income
   -- people earning over 10,000 Rs per month: 4.27 % of their income [HT Jun 04]
 - amount of raw sewage entering the river Ganges every minute: 1.1 million litres (acc
   to WHO, June 2004, BBC report). One gram of faeces can contain 10 million viruses,
   one million bacteria, 1,000 parasite cysts and 100 worm eggs.
 - food products in India which contain pesticides residue above tolerance level:
  about 20 % (compared to 2 % globally) [ITo]
 - food products in India which don't contain detectable pesticides residues: 49 %
   (compared to 80 % globally) [ITo]
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data sources & key:
AT: Asia Times, BBC: BBC online, BRIT: Britannica 2002, BSNL: BSNL Telecom Trends, BSt: Business Standard, CIA: CIA Factbook India, CIN:, CNEI: Chandigarh Newsline, c/net: c/net news, ConSu: Content Sutra DI: Daily India, DNA: DNA India, EB: EquityBull, EI: ExpressIndia, EW: EconomyWatch, FE: Financial Express, FL: Frontline, GG: Gujarat Global, GTF: Global Technology Forum, GBoWR: Guinness Book of World Records, HT: Hindustan Times, ID: IndiaDaily, IInfoLine: India InfoLine IND: The Independent, ITo: India Today, NPBS: Nature PBS, PhO: PhysOrg, RED: Rediff, REU: Reuters, Sify: Sify Broadband, TH: The Hindu, TNJ: The News (Jang), ToI: Times of India, TT: The Tribune,  
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